In any type of activity, there are the proper tools of the trade. I have only been smoking meat for a few months now, but have gathered a few tools that have helped me attain a certain level of efficiency. I'll list them below(of course some are very common, others not so much).
What I am really curious to know is what tools others are using that helps them in their cooking? This is not limited to tools either. Smoker mods, attachments, templates, or custom items are game too. I'm hoping that I can pick up a tip or two, especially as I begin to venture past chicken, pork butts and ribs.
Kitchen Shears (heavy duty scissors)
Various pans (8x10, 9x13, 13x17 etc all with about a 1/2-1"
Several type of tongs (including an old-school one that will pick up about 15lbs without bending)
Some reused plastic bottles for holding rubs and spices
Work gloves for the smoker (handling hot items)
Pizza box tops ( I place these in front of the smoker so that nothing spills on the table to smoker is on when I spritz or adjust the meat(this was a big problem in the past))
Rib racks (store bought)
Heavy duty tinfoil
Wireless Internet Camera (pointed out the window at the smoker so that I can see what's happening with the smoke and if I need to add more chips (Highly lazy I know))
One thing I have realized, I really need a good cart. I intended on building one to hone some wood working skills, but also to get a result for all the things I personally want in a cart.
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